Hey there APJ!
Who likes chocolate? Most people I meet enjoy chocolate from time to time. Of course there are exceptions and truth be told, I am always a little bit surprised when someone tells me they do not like chocolate at all.
There are those who like milk chocolate, dark chocolate, chocolate candy bars or even pralines. As a child I loved milk chocolate and as I have gotten older, my taste buds have developed a love for dark chocolate. Anything over 70% will peak my interest.
Switzerland is definitely a place for chocoholics. However, we have not been able to find chocolate at the regular grocery store that suits our dietary needs. That and the fact that the milk chocolate is a sugar bomb with no real cocoa component. As there is truly an amazing choice here, we set out to find chocolatiers where we can get dark chocolate treats.
Bond-T by Sammarco
Would you be happy wearing a perfume inspired by chocolate? I never truly entertained that question myself. Sure, I have worn perfumes with a chocolate note, but they were all sugary sweet concoctions.
Sammarco is a Swiss perfume brand and the nose behind its creations is Giovanni Sammarco. Bond-T is a perfume with a fabulous cocoa note. According to the brand’s website, Bond-T was conceived in Pisa, during a tour of a famous chocolate factory.
Bond-T is definitely a gourmand perfume, however, it differs in the sense that it is not sweet. This is a rich, dark cocoa beautifully mixed with patchouli to give it a special character. When I first spray Bond-T I am taken aback by just how dark cocoa this perfume really it. This is a bar of chocolate at the 95% cocoa. There is no sugar that I can detect at the start. In fact, Bond-T starts out quite animalic and a tiny bit dirty. Knowing my style, I am shocked as how much I adore this opening. Perhaps it is this mysterious opening that lures me in.
What I find interesting is that Bond-T has a background light fruity note in the opening. Many dark chocolate bars are described as having a natural fruity note with no additive aromas, whether it be raspberry, orange or something else. Patchouli is a major component in Bond-T and it gives the perfume an added depth and slight darkness with earthy undertones. I am not quite sure what gives Bond-T an animalic vibe, but it is there. A couple of hours in and there is a slight tinge of sweetness rounding out the edges. It is furry and cozy and ooooh so lovely.
Bond-T is a perfume for adults and for those of us who like a dark twist to a gourmand scent. If you are expecting a sugar bomb you will be disappointed. This is a perfume for the cooler days but I suspect because of the patchouli that it will be beautiful on warmer days as well.
Do you like chocolate? What is your favorite brand? Do you like a good cocoa note in perfume? Which ones would you recommend I try?
Oodles of fragrant kisses,